The weather was fine for a day of intense testing at Mugello for the Ducati team this week. After Valentino Rossi managed a return to the form at the Le Mans Grand Prix, he is bound to want a repeat performance in every MotoGP from now on; as a result, these test sessions provide crucial time in which the team can iron out any problems and ensure they are at their powerful best.
Certainly, the duo did use the time as effectively as they could, with Rossi completing 76 laps of the circuit and his team-mate Nicky Hayden, 81. Over that time they tried out different engine configurations, electrics and even chassis to ensure they had the best selection for when it counts.
The next scheduled test is taking place on the 4th June in Barcelona after the next Grand Prix, with another pencilled in for the 6th June at Aragon.
Filippio Preziosi, Team Manager, said he was more than happy with how the testing had gone;
‘It was a very useful test because we were able to gather interesting info on the different areas of the bike for which we’d planned a robust test programme. Now we want to go on other tracks to test the validity of the solutions we’ve found.’